On September 25th, 2015, some countries adopted a set of goals. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
The Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s set out by the United Nations looks at 17 different goals to ‘transform the world’.
The principle of “Leaving No one behind” is to centre people in the approach.
This means ensuring that every individual achieves such goals as; ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’, ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth’ and ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’, to name a few.
SDG’s should be a reality for all, including persons with disabilities. This is in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This project is focusing on the first 1000 days so far, this will take us to September 2018. Progress can be tracked here.
Looking in to the Project further
The first steps will identify those who are at risk of being left behind by global development and explore how this can be combatted.
Some aspects of this plan have been overlooked regarding progress.
Inequalities seem to have been overlooked when progress is measured in averages across the entire population.
Some countries have been completely left out of this plan due to major obstacles such as climate stress or a history of conflict.
Key Facts and Points
According to the Overseas Development Project, “15% of the world’s population live with a disability”. This roughly equates to 1 Billion people.
Obviously, global progress has not benefitted everyone equally.
To meet the SDG’s and the agenda of leaving no one behind, governments must commit to prioritising outcomes for what are considered ‘marginalised groups’.
ODI also suggests that early action is key. The longer governments take to act and deliver SDG’s, the harder it will be to implement the plan.
The plan seems very ambitious. However, this could be a good thing. Ambitious policies can yield rapid improvements.
Ten things you ought to know about the plan can be found here.